Chris Lighty was an American businessman with a net worth of $30 million. Chris Lighty made his net worth by being the CEO of his company, Violator Records, which helps manage the careers of hip hop and R&B artists like 50 Cent, Ja Rule and Mariah Carey. Raised by a single mother who had seven children, Lighty was born in the Bronx River Projects, New York. Violator Records is a multi-million-dollar company but only has 14 employees. On August 30th, 2012, Chris Lighty was found dead in his New York apartment of an apparently self inflicted gun shot. At the time of his death Lighty was involved in a heated argument with his estranged ex wife and was in the process of moving out of their three story $5.6 million NYC townhouse. Lighty may have been having financial stemming from his divorce.